My sister came up to Portalnd from the Oregon coast this weekend. She has been very busy with work, since moving her mare Pantz to my barn. I too, have been cruising busy...working tons, making up for a summer of fun times away from work.
So, my mare has healed up nicely from the hock injury...THANKS EVERYONE for the well wishes and querries about her!
2 weeks off has given her a new lease on everything. I do need to make her an apt with our equine theripist soon ...we missed 2 apt's this summer for therapy -since the weather was in the 100's both dates we had set.
She has seemed a little sore in the hip, after the hock incident.
I got to ride 3 days in a row this weekend..nothing really difficult, mostly walking and seeing the disposition of the local trails. The second day, I called Certo's rider( former boarder) and we trailered and met for a road ride.
Near the home front trails I found...there are some rather large trees, fallen down across some. Some have been placed by fellow riders, that like to discourage the motorised few. And some others. . . have been placed for JUMPING!
My sissy and I decided to ride bareback pad and me, on my Cashel soft saddle, yesterday. My siss has all the tack in the world...but since her trailer was not at the barn yet...the bareback pad she intended to ride with, was not available...so she rigged up a Western pad with Sursingle, to keep it on....haha! It kept sliding off the back, so she'd get off, A * g * a * i * n and A *g *a * i * n, to place it forward.... Pantz was good to stand.
My sissy got good at finding stumps and mounds of higher ground, to remount!
We did the fence-line-loop trail. It is a nice 5 or so mile ride, with only one major hill...we did it with the decline this time..instead of climb. I knew it would make my siss's pad come off again, too soon!
THEN... on the way back, we decided to jump some of the timber jumps the other riders in the area had assembled. Washashe was good to stand as I made my sissy jump it over and over...I was trying to get the good shot...though, my batteries were waining..and I could NOT seem to press- at the right time...too soon or too late!
BUT...look how cute they are...anticipating the jump bareback and all!
Pantz has never jumped before today...that we know of!
LITTLE JUMPER PANTZ!
I mean...Just look at her face!!
I love it....she will be 60 in 4 months time- and she is my inspiration!
I too took a turn.too , of course...Wa mare gets very excited and really flings herself over anything on the ground...woohoo..she loves to jump!
Homeward we went, after a time jumping in the woods~
Pantz has this "Kickin" walk...even though Wa mare can do her own speed walking...usually, she is unable to outwalk the Pantz!
Yesterday...Well, we sisters had our energy-up..for a walk off...without going into a trot to disqualify...we thought "FORWARD" with all our might....the walk off was on!
To both of our great surprize....Wa mare too the lead...by a neck! A first!
Yet...to give Pantz mare credit- where Credit was due...she jumped and jumped earlier!
She still is the winner to me!